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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Struggling with what to illustrate?

This is the an exercise in creativity that I read on twitter from the
 by
 
"Struggling with what to illustrate?
Try this: Start with a CHAIR. What kind is it? Where is it? Who uses it? Why? Build from there.…"
 
It is a fun excursive to try  

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fair Weather Friends Meetup

Kew Gardens
 
 
Kew Gardens "The Overlook"
 
Forest Hills Green Market

Forest Hills Green Market
 
 Green Market Forest Hills
 
Forest Hills Post Office
relief sculpture
 

 
The watercolor studies was done over the course of several meetups.
I have been enjoying getting together with David talking about art what inspires you and painting Queens  NY
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Raven Found a Lunch

 
I have been documenting on twitter the process of "Raven found a Lunch"
It's how I work as an artist from sketch to finish artwork.
 I thought it would be nice to have it all in one blog post
 
 
mumble...curse, ERASE!!! more mumbling... "Everything okay?" Yep
 
Watching ink dry :)
I work with Waterproof India ink I usually start with a wash of ink before watercolor is added.
 
 Watching watercolor dry
 
Still have time to F this up ;)
This is the stage that I could take the illustration too far and ruin it or not far enough.
 
Not this time
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Friend Lisa Canvas and Cocktails




Looking for something good to do in Queens come Thursday to Austin Ale House !! 7-9p sign up now!!
June 22nd Austin's Ale House Kew Gardens - Sign up early save the date!!
follow link
 

 


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canvas-cocktails-austins-ale-house-tickets-34888921704

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Frogs are on the move "The Process"

 
Starting line and color study
 
 
finished line and color study 
 
 
First attempt

 
First attempt part 2
 
 
First attempt part 3 realizing maybe not what I am looking for.

 
First attempt part 4 100% sure not happy

 
Second attempt
 

 
Second attempt part 1 Happy!

 
Second attempt part 2 watching it crash and burn

 
Second attempt part 3 Cant let go trying to make it work

 
Second attempt part 4 its over will restart in the AM
 
 
Finished Artwork third time is the charm 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Do Postcards Work?

Do Postcards Work?
 It is a question we as illustrators all ask,
personally I think they do.
The hard part for me is I am never 100% sure they do get to the
 Art Directors or Editors.
 
But They are so much fun to create!  
 
 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What are you doing? Nothing

Sketch and early washes of watercolor with India ink



Finished artwork

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Tribute to Michael Sporn

A Tribute to Michael Sporn

As I put my belongings together for the conference a friend of mine
Masako Kanayama
shoots an email to me saying final done!  



Not a day goes by I don't think of him

Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference

 
It is that time of year!
 
The 2017 SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference!

My marker of what has been accomplished by yours truly.  
2016 was not an easy year. I know it was not just me, being a Massage Therapist I have worked on clients who are struggling for many reasons.
 


I found it difficult being creative. I spent more time doing experimental art then finished pieces trying to find some balance "voice".    


 
 

I would like to thank Ame Dyckman  for posting on Twitter fantastic snippets of writing that  helped inspire me to create.





 
 
And a shoutout to my niece who called me up needing my help on a college homework assignment. 
 


    

 
Because of Ame's writing and my nieces "HOMEWORK"
 I was able to play with an idea I had floating around in my head.
Not worrying about
 "What am I going to draw?".
 It freed me to think clearer of how to intrepid the writing and capture feelings, 
it allowed me to create this. 

my 2017 Tomie dePaola Award First Runner-up! 

and these pandas
 
I'm looking forward to the conference seeing old friends, make a few new ones and missing friends who could not make it this year.


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